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REORIENT is a magazine celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture // edited by Joobin Bekhrad

'If you blur your eyes a bit, you'll see she's the spitting image of me' (Iranian singer Ramesh in the 70s) #iranian #iran #persia #persian #farsi

'If you blur your eyes a bit, you'll see she's the spitting image of me' (Iranian singer Ramesh in the 70s) #iranian #iran #persia #persian #farsi

Model Celia Hammond in Palestine, 1962 (by Eugene Vernier for Vogue) #palestine #palestinian #vogue #style #fashion #arab #arabic

Model Celia Hammond in Palestine, 1962 (by Eugene Vernier for Vogue) #palestine #palestinian #vogue #style #fashion #arab #arabic

Country rock (70s Iranian leftist poster) #iran #iranian #persian #persia #leftist #vintage

Country rock (70s Iranian leftist poster) #iran #iranian #persian #persia #leftist #vintage

Ibn Kenj Konj #arab #arabic #film #kingkong #vintage

Ibn Kenj Konj #arab #arabic #film #kingkong #vintage

n showcasing some 200 works of Iranian visual culture, the arts were not only represented in great breadth throughout Unedited History, but also lent new archival weight in having been included in the exhibition’s catalogue. Works from Kaveh Golestan’s 1979 Prostitute series, which captured life within Shahr-e No (lit. ‘New City’), Tehran’s former red light district, were documents of an era. The Tehrani prostitutes – the ‘stars’ of Golestan’s black-and-white pictures – appear strangely glamorous, as if they are actresses waiting backstage. There is a note in the catalogue mentioning that these images provide a rare record of female ‘bodies’ and life in Iran. The lone bedroom shot utilised here by Golestan, where the turmoil of Iranian femininity is revealed indoors, is a trope that continues in the works of contemporary artists such as Newsha Tavakolian (e.g. her 2013 Look series). Golestan’s series shows a domesticity that is chipped and peeling; these are houses, after all, albeit of ill repute. Bedroom walls are lined with posters of leading ladies and male heartthrobs – complete with 70s Afro hairstyles and flared jeans – who watch over each bed. As well, double-entendres are not lost in the décor of the bordellos: tissue boxes are omnipresent on each bedside table, pussycats are stroked in the laps of the belles, and cockerels strut in and out of brothel doorways.
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n showcasing some 200 works of Iranian visual culture, the arts were not only represented in great breadth throughout Unedited History, but also lent new archival weight in having been included in the exhibition’s catalogue. Works from Kaveh Golestan’s 1979 Prostitute series, which captured life within Shahr-e No (lit. ‘New City’), Tehran’s former red light district, were documents of an era. The Tehrani prostitutes – the ‘stars’ of Golestan’s black-and-white pictures – appear strangely glamorous, as if they are actresses waiting backstage. There is a note in the catalogue mentioning that these images provide a rare record of female ‘bodies’ and life in Iran. The lone bedroom shot utilised here by Golestan, where the turmoil of Iranian femininity is revealed indoors, is a trope that continues in the works of contemporary artists such as Newsha Tavakolian (e.g. her 2013 Look series). Golestan’s series shows a domesticity that is chipped and peeling; these are houses, after all, albeit of ill repute. Bedroom walls are lined with posters of leading ladies and male heartthrobs – complete with 70s Afro hairstyles and flared jeans – who watch over each bed. As well, double-entendres are not lost in the décor of the bordellos: tissue boxes are omnipresent on each bedside table, pussycats are stroked in the laps of the belles, and cockerels strut in and out of brothel doorways.

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Flower power #arab #arabic #vintage #flower

Flower power #arab #arabic #vintage #flower

Funk soul brothers (Iranian singers Shahram Shabpareh and Ebi in the 70s) #iran #iranian #persia #persian #ebi #farsi

Funk soul brothers (Iranian singers Shahram Shabpareh and Ebi in the 70s) #iran #iranian #persia #persian #ebi #farsi

- ‘I’ll give you a flower if you stroke my beard …’ - ‘Deal’ (Detail of a bas-relief at Apadana, Persepolis, Iran) #iran #iranian #persia #persian #achaemenid #persianempire #persepolis

- ‘I’ll give you a flower if you stroke my beard …’ - ‘Deal’ (Detail of a bas-relief at Apadana, Persepolis, Iran) #iran #iranian #persia #persian #achaemenid #persianempire #persepolis

#arab #arabic #chiclets #gum #lebanon #lebanese (Helen Zughaib)

#arab #arabic #chiclets #gum #lebanon #lebanese (Helen Zughaib)

Before there was Keith Richards, there was … Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh #iran #iranian #persia #persian #smoking #mossadegh

Before there was Keith Richards, there was … Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh #iran #iranian #persia #persian #smoking #mossadegh

Ali Chaaban #arab #arabic #art #calligraphy #halal

Ali Chaaban #arab #arabic #art #calligraphy #halal

Liz Taylor as Cleopatra by Feru-Leru #egypt #egyptian #liztaylor #cleopatra #psychedelic #design

Liz Taylor as Cleopatra by Feru-Leru #egypt #egyptian #liztaylor #cleopatra #psychedelic #design

#arab #arabic #henna #style #photography

#arab #arabic #henna #style #photography

Disarming Design from Palestine #palestine #palestinian #design #honey #arab #arabic

Disarming Design from Palestine #palestine #palestinian #design #honey #arab #arabic

'Amarg’ is the Amazigh (Berber) word for nostalgia, though it is also used to signify a hybrid form of musical poetry found in Southern Morocco. Southeastern Morocco presents a strange combination of different kinds of empty spaces, huge and desolated, ranging from the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert.
Life is seldom found in these lands, which impart an almost metaphysical feeling, forcing one to conjure meanings or answers to their questions that will continue to remain as elusive as the very nature of these places themselves. As the famous Berber poet and writer, Mohammed Khair-Eddine once said, ‘Deserts and mountains take us closer to the cosmos, to its mysterious genesis, to the very little glimpse of everything’s beginning’.
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'Amarg’ is the Amazigh (Berber) word for nostalgia, though it is also used to signify a hybrid form of musical poetry found in Southern Morocco. Southeastern Morocco presents a strange combination of different kinds of empty spaces, huge and desolated, ranging from the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert.

Life is seldom found in these lands, which impart an almost metaphysical feeling, forcing one to conjure meanings or answers to their questions that will continue to remain as elusive as the very nature of these places themselves. As the famous Berber poet and writer, Mohammed Khair-Eddine once said, ‘Deserts and mountains take us closer to the cosmos, to its mysterious genesis, to the very little glimpse of everything’s beginning’.

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